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160 Unley Road, Unley, SA 5061
Tel: 08 8272 8266
Fax: 08 8271 9421
Monday – Friday8:00 – 6:00
Saturday8:00 – 12:00
To our valued patients, we are writing to inform you of important changes to our billing policy. After long and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to cease bulk billing patients under the age of 16. From 1st September 2021 we will only be bulk billing patients under the age of 5. We will continue to bulk bill Health Care Card holders and Pensioners (with a valid Commonwealth concession card).
The mission of the Hughes Clinic is to provide high quality care to all of our patients. To continue to deliver the best possible quality of care we are unable to continue with our current billing policy. Due to the continued rise in costs associated with running a practice and Medicare indexing fees at a percentage lower than the increase in CPI and wage rates it has become increasingly difficult to maintain this policy. At present we bulk bill 65% of our patients and our doctors have endeavoured to continue offering this for as long as possible. We have made this decision to ensure we can continue to operate a sustainable business and provide high quality health care to our patients.
As always, doctor’s discretion will be used and patients who are experiencing financial difficulty can discuss this with their doctor. We understand this could be difficult for our patients but we strongly encourage you to contact your local MP or Health Minister to discuss increasing Medicare rebates if you have any concerns.
We thank you for your continued support of the Hughes Medical Clinic and if you have any questions or wish to provide feedback please feel free to speak with our practice manager.